Learning and Development (Master's)
Acquire the knowledge needed to understand how adults process information and the specific skills required to meet adult learning needs in the Learning and Development master’s concentration. You’ll learn to blend traditional training strategies with up-to-date technologies in order to deliver needs assessments, design, delivery, implementation, and evaluation.
You’ll learn to:
- Design and execute projects from needs assessment through design, delivery, implementation, and evaluation
- Elucidate key components of adult learning theories and assess and apply them to organizational needs
- Identify, analyze, choose, and defend best instructional strategies and techniques to achieve learning objectives
- Develop advanced facilitation and communication skills for varied audiences with diverse needs
- Evaluate and communicate impact of projects using most relevant metrics and analytics
MS in Strategic Human Resources with a concentration in Learning and Development requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)Core courses - 20 qtr. hrs
Core courses help students to understand the scope of activity, historical development, future direction and trends, and typical types and roles of organizations that operate within a career field. The Capstone course is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.
- HRA 4130 - Finance for HR Professionals
- HRA 4140 - Principles and Practice of Human Resources
- HRA 4150 - Human Resources across Organizations
- HRA 4910 - Research Practices and Applications
- HRA 4901 - HRA Capstone Project
- HRA 4902 - Capstone Seminar
- HRA 4904 - Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.
- COMM 4002 - Effective Facilitation and Presentation
- COMM 4200 - Instructional Design and Technology
- COMM 4203 - Instructional Strategies for Adult Learners
- COMM 4206 - Evaluating Learning and Development Effectiveness
Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Strategic Human Resources programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.
After you submit your academic plan, your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.
Popular electives for students pursuing Strategic Human Resources programs include:
- HRA 4260 - HR Analytics and Research
- HRA 4270 - Evaluating the Value and Impact of HR Interventions
- HRA 4500 - Organizational Leadership, Team Effectiveness, and Communications
- HRA 4510 - Organizational Lifecycles and HR Implications
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Careers in Learning and Development
Professional Development Manager, Training Developer, Development Director, Learning and Development Manager, Consultant, Training Specialist, Business Coach
Assess organizational development needs, support engagement and talent management strategies, devise innovative solutions to organizational needs, enhance employee learning programs and trainings, develop curriculum and facilitate trainings.
You can find a Training and Development Specialist in nearly any industry, working with people, leading training activities, and developing innovative solutions to training needs. Spending on corporate training has exploded, with organizations working overtime to fill the skills gap for their employees and provide incentives for high-performance workers to stay on board. You'll be challenged to seek innovative technology solutions and provide engaging training opportunities to employees in order to retain them.
Careers in Strategic Human Resources
Find stability in an unstable economy.
A renewed sense of optimism in the U.S. economy has restored HR professionals' confidence in the job market, according to the Jobs Outlook Survey provided by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). According to data from Indeed.com, job postings for human resources positions reached more than 50,000 in February 2013, primarily in New York, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, and Washington, DC. By 2020, employment for human resources managers is expected to grow 13%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Train, develop, and succeed!
HR professionals say that the three biggest challenges facing HR executives over the next 10 years are retaining and rewarding the best employees (59%), developing the next generation of corporate leaders (52%), and creating a corporate culture that attracts the best employees to organizations (36%), according to data from SHRM. Professionals in the field will need to address these issues effectively and efficiently in the coming years. A shortage of HR professionals with foundational competencies and knowledge is expected, with other key skills gaps in problem solving, work ethic, written communications, and leadership. Solution-oriented HR professionals will be in high demand as optimizing the workforce within an organization and redesigning training and development are likely. Not to mention, it's essential to have efficient, talented human resource managers available to select top-notch talent from the expanded pool of job seekers.
Where are they now?
Strategic Human Resource Management alumni hold job titles such as Employment Coordinator, HR Executive Administrative Assistant, Department Administrator, Corporation Recruiter, HR Generalist, HR Director, and Area HR Manager for companies and organizations such as City of Boulder, Favorite Healthcare Staffing, Proctor Gamble Paper Products Company, Cherry Creek School District, Western Union, State Farm Insurance Company, USGS, Broadmoor Hotel, ICF National Bank, Dish Network, and Sears Holdings Corporation.
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